Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Fall

Grrr... we are not supposed to have sheep...!
So much for a quiet weekend for FL.
It was an eventful night.
He had several episodes of D and V, so was issued with what he is calling "Japanese pants":  made of nylon net, with a disposable nappy arrangement inside. ( I think he is referencing the simple garment issued to WW2 prisoners of war. )
This was all humiliating enough for him, but at 10am he tried to get to the loo on his own (forbidden!) and forgot he had a drip in his arm, so fell badly, taking the stand with him, unplugging the saline solution... and had another dose of D and V in the process.
I arrived shortly after. Painkillers were just being given and the doctor had been called. 
Ironically, he was much more awake today. He is still not eating but is being encouraged to drink.
The pain in his bruised (or possibly fractured) ribs is now the main worry.
Prior to that, his sickness was causing concern as it was blood-stained.
My poor darling is having a terrible time of it. 


He has gone through all his pjs and trousers, so I will have to get them washed and back to him asap.
The (lovely) doctor examined FL, ever so gently and kindly, and concluded that he has "done a couple of ribs". Oh lordy.  FL's rib cage is peppered with myeloma lesions, so is very fragile.
There was a very worrying time when a "sounding" of FL's lungs suggested that he might have sustained an even more serious injury.  However, on a second examination, the doctor was reassuring. 
FL is too frail to consider any intervention. He just needs to rest and ask for painkillers as required.
He said that he had missed me so much in the night... oh my dearest!  It is so poignant that he is able to communicate with me properly again and yet for his words to be so full of sadness and pain.
I may need to consider arranging a foster carer for the dog so I can stay in the hospice with FL. There is a fold-out bed in his room, for just such eventualities.

Meantime, back home on the farm, Hero and I had some unexpected guests this morning.  Next door's sheep decided the grass was greener on this side of the fence.  Grrrr....!

32 comments:

Twelfthknit said...

Oh. FL. Warmest good wishes

Eileensews said...

You'll need your sleep especially now. Getting a dog sitter seems like a very good idea.
Your loved one is getting physical care by the staff so you can do the emotional care.

K.Line said...

Get the dog sitter. No question.

MaryinTN said...

Oh Roo - the sitter for Hero sounds like a good idea. Poor FL. My granny was similar after her last hip replacement. They Kep finding her on the floor. She insisted on getting up to go to toilet. I hope staff will now check on FL more frequently at night. It sounds like he is more alert and awake. That sounds like a good thing. Perhaps the writer can now help with the book? Hugs and well wishes

Redhedhels said...

Oh Roo, I'm sorry to hear about FL's fall. Please get a dog sitter. I'm glad to hear that he is more awake and coherent now. Hugs and thoughts with you as always

Sabs said...

Oh yes that's a very good idea to get someone to look after Hero so you can spend more time with FL. Hugs x

Sadie said...

If only I lived closer I'd happily dog-sit. I hope you find someone so that you can spend as much time as possible with FL.

seamedstraightforward said...

Poor FL, he is obviously a proud and ferociously independent man, he must feel very uncomfortable in this new, unfamiliar situation. Yes, I agree, Hero needs to be a Hero and submit to foster care in the short term. I so, so wish I was a neighbour of yours, nothing would give me greater pleasure than to indulge the Hero whilst you attend to your FL.
I continue to keep you in my thoughts and wish you peace and freedom from pain.
Enjoy your moments together.

Lizzi said...

So lovely that he is thinking of you throughout all of this - it just shows how committed you both are - and that is to be treasured.

Emma said...

I really hope that you find a Hero sitter very quickly, so that you can spend a s much time as possible with FL.
Poor bloke. To have "done" a couple of ribs. I hope the pain from those eases. It's so hard to relinquish independance and dignity. :-(
I can't think what else to say, other than you are both in my thoughts.

Sarahel said...

So sorry about the fall. But so pleased to hear that FL is more alert and engaged. Hoping you resolve the dog minding to give you and FL some more time together. Trusting you both get a more peaceful Sunday.

TempestKnits said...

So much has happened! And you have really both had such a struggle being heard and getting the help you so desperately need and deserve. I am pleased to hear that FL was found a hospice place. So very much better than hospital, and they can give him the care AND kindness he needs. Please do get a dog sitter or fosterer, Ruth - the nights can be so long and FL would feel so much more reassured knowing his love is beside him.

Lorna A said...

Seems you have plenty of volunteers for dog fostering, me included, if only we lived closer or Hero was responsible enough to catch several trains....

Jodie said...

I hope that things get better soon. I can't dog sit but perhaps your vet might have a suggestion for you. Or if you have an "in country" reader maybe they could do some leg work for you. Best wishes to all of you

Lynn said...

Nothing about this is going to be easy. Getting a dog sitter or kenneling Hero would probably be best for you all. I wish all your readers could magically help you, we are all so willing.

CarolS said...

Please be with him, you'll both love it, the extra chats and cuddles and you can you be there when he tries to go walkabout. Ask your vet as soon as you can.
All the very very best.
XXXXX

Knitlass said...

Sorry to hear about FL's fall and all (ouch! Ribs!) and the intruders...

Hoping you all have a peaceful Sunday. Look after yourself Roo - make sure you are getting enough sleep and food and knitting (you seem to be doing well with the last one of those... Nice socks!)

Athene said...

Like others, I wish that I were close enough to dog-sit. FL must be your priority just now, and you would both feel better if you could stay over night. I hope you can find a foster-carer. Best wishes.

Probably Jane said...

Just adding my voice to tell you I'm holding you both in tender thought and hoping for more precious moments between the pain.xx

Unknown said...

Oh Roo! Heart-wrenching. I was so hoping for a quiet weekend for you two! My grandmother also had difficulty remembering/accepting limitations against doing things herself, it's such a tough thing for everybody involved. And so hard because one day she looked fine, the next day she did not, it was really hard for everybody (doctors included) to know. Hoping that there may be some moments of connection, love, and levity for you and FL in the midst of everything. And truly, a dog sitter!

Unknown said...

Oops, sorry, Unknown is jessica in Portland ...

Miss said...

Oh dear, that does sound distressing. But so glad FL is in the hospice where they can quickly attend to his needs, and you could be there int he morning to comfort him. So glad FL is more 'with it' and hope this continues.
Hope you can get a suitable sitter/walker for Hero - can he visit the hospice?
God bless you three xx

Louise Perry said...

So sad for you. Do get a dog sitter if you can. Poor FL we are all thinking of him.

Rachael Fenton said...

Hi Roo. Have you heard of the Cinnamon Trust? They are a UK charity who support pet owners during illness and hospital stays with walking, feeding or foster care for the dog. they're www.cinnamon.org.UK.

My thoughts are with you and FL.

Rachael Fenton said...

Hi Roo. Have you heard of the Cinnamon Trust? They are a UK charity who support pet owners during illness and hospital stays with walking, feeding or foster care for the dog. they're www.cinnamon.org.UK.

My thoughts are with you and FL.

sulkycat said...

As always, sending kindest thoughts to both of you (and Hero). Do look for some sort of care for Hero, I suspect you would regret it terribly if you don't spend as much time as possible with FL.I hope pain and D&V ease asap to give your poor man an easier time.
As for jimjams etc, just buy half a dozen pairs of everything and save yourself some washing (and drying).
Ah Roo, I wish there was something constructive we could all do to help.

Roobeedoo said...

Hadn't heard of them.thanks for that suggestion!

Maureen said...

http://www.pfss.org.uk/
The Pet Fostering Service Scotland says it covers Aberdeenshire. Might be worth a call. If I was on the same side of the Cairn as you we would have been able to help out but we're over on the Mearns side. Hope you can get sorted.

Roobeedoo said...

Thanks Maureen! Will investigate that. So kind of you.

greenmtngirl said...

Oh, Roo. Nothing is easy right now, as much as we all wish for a break and some quiet time for you and FL. Hope you are able to find a good temporary place for Hero so you can stay with FL. Best of good wishes for you all. We are all with you in spirit.

seamedstraightforward said...

Thanks to Rachael Fenton! I had not heard of the Cinnamon Trust, but I have now downloaded the forms to register as a volunteer in my area.

Alimak said...

My warmest wishes.